HYDERABAD: The three-day NGN Summit 2017 with its unique focus on “Telecom, ICT and IoT” was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog on February 13, 2017 at HITEX, Hyderabad.
A combination of Conference and Exhibition, a total of 63 companies participated at the exhibition where a free Start Up Connect pavilion was also set-up dedicated to the StartUps. The Summit had thought provoking sessions with 9 speakers speaking on the diversified agendas of NGN Summit on each of the three days and an “Interconnect Zone”.
On the Inauguration day, the Summit began with Summit Director, Paul R Kumar, giving introductory speech about NGN Summit. Dr. VK Saraswat, delivered his keynote speech on “Next Generation Networks” and enlightened the audiences.
Following the keynote speeches – Gauri Sankar, DDG, DoT, educated the audiences about TERM, initiative taken by DoT; Rajesh Kumar, DIG, Telangana State Police, shared his knowledge and experience on “Importance of Technology in Countering Terrorism”; Ravi Shankar, Addl GM, BSNL presented on Voice over LTE.
Apart from the government authorities, the NGN Summit had the industry leaders like Bibhuti Kar, Sr Director, Cisco, who shared his years of research and knowledge about “How we can secure our data centers”. Prosun Roy, Operation Assurance Head at Ericsson, gave an interesting speech about “IoT: Possibilities, Progress and Challenges”. Summit was also graced by the presence of Dr. Shailendra Hajela, Former Chairman ITU-Apt Foundation, where he enlightened the audiences about “Policy and Ethical Issues to ensure human safety in AI and Cognitive Robotics”. Farhana Haque, the Head of IoT at Vodafone India gave everyone a very good insight into the “Internet of Things”. Inauguration day ended with a great knowledge sharing session for the Technocrats, Researchers, Investors, Telecom Vendors, Partners, Operators… the diverse audience at the NGN Summit.
On the Second day of the Summit, Rajan Mathews, Director General of COAI was the Guest of Honour. He focused his talk on “Regulatory and Policy Framework for Converged Industry” and there was a panel discussion with the dignitaries on the issue related to “Impact of 4G (LTE) on Indian Operators” . Keynote speeches followed. Aditya Dhruva, CTO, Mahindra Comviva, spoke about the “Next generation VAS Services” leaving the audiences spellbound. Paresh Shetty, President of Enterprise Biz, Idea Cellular gave a very engaging presentation on “Internet of Things”. Dr. Manoher Bommena, Vice President, Ineda Systems, spoke on “IoT Capabilities into Today’s World”. Post lunch the session geared up with Government Officials and Industry Leaders where G. Muralidhar, Advisor, TRAI shared his views in a thought provoking session on “Telecom Regulatory Framework in India”. Followed by the Security Specialist from Mercedes Benz, Srinivas Thimmaiah who educated the attendees on “Ransomware – Friend or Foe”. Summit also had a panel discussion among the Venture Capitalists and Start Up Companies, Sandro Stephen, North and South Operation Head from Indian Angel Network and Venky Seshadri, CEO Flatpebble respectively created a good awareness session. Second day ended with Jonas Stemmart, Product Engineer in Phytec Embedded who spoke about his company’s vision on “Human Interface and Internet of Things”.
The Third day of the Summit, also had interesting speakers. The day started with the intriguing speech by Ashwani Rana, Head of Public Policy, Facebook on “Making the world more connected”. Followed by Dr. Aloknath De, CTO of Samsung India who presented insights from his years of research and practice on “Mission Critical Communications”. Damodar Sahu, Digital-Partner, Wipro presented on the “Leading change in Telecom Industry: Internet of Things”. Shyamal Kumar, the CEO of Lavelle Networks, created awareness among the audiences about “Is your network cloud ready”. Dharmraj Jhatakia, GM, Happiest Minds presented yet another agenda of NGN that is SDN – NFV and SDWAN. Summit had the Security Specialist Sudeep Das, RSA who gave yet another knowledge sharing session on “Detect Unknown Threats, Reduce Dwell Time and Accelerate Response”.
Ashok Kumar, Asst. Vice President of Aricent, addressed the audience on how “Next Generation Wireless” will look while Vasudev Tantry, Country Manager, Anritsu gave a fascinating speech on “IoT Markets and Trends” in future. NGN ended its very first Summit with Joginder Tanikella, CEO, Pulse Active Stations speaking on “Internet of Things”. It was a well-synchronized Summit and executed by the NGN Summit team. Voice&Data was the media partner at the NGN Summit in Hyderabad.
The Summit Organizers intend to conduct post- Summit conclave for all the mid and top managements of Telecom Enterprises at Gurgaon in the month of June and the second NGN Summit at Bangalore later this year.
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